Legionnaires Deliver Positive Message to Students

December 18, 2015

By Dan McCaffery

Juno-nominated singer Tara Sloan (centre) poses with a group that included several members of the Sarnia Legionnaires Jr. 'B' team at a Friday pep rally to launch the Rogers Hometown Hockey festival in the city. Shown here from left: former NHL star Mike Dark, Brock Perry, Brad Yowart, Sam McCormack, Sloan, Jordan Fogarty, Aidan Hughes, Mayor Mike Bradley and Jeff Perry. Submitted photo by Anne Tigwell.

Members of the Sarnia Legionnaires delivered a series of positive messages to students at a southend school Friday.

Speaking at a Rogers Hometown Hockey pep rally at P. E. McGibbon Public School, players told a gym full of students about the importance of doing your best, whether in sports or in life.

Forward Jordan Fogarty, said, “every day when you come to the rink, the school, gym class or art class, you've got to give your best effort. Don't let your coaches, teachers or parents down.”

Defenceman Sam McCormack talked about hard work, noting today's players work out regularly, even during the off-season.

Goalie Aidan Hughes told students one of the keys to success is teamwork. “If one of the guys is going through a rough spot, give him words of encouragement,” the big netminder said. “If you have a good relationship with your teammates, you will be successful.”

Forward Brock Perry stressed the need for proper eating and rearguard Brad Yowart talked about the need to respect others.

Jeff Perry, a Sarnia native and former Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick said he got his start skating on Lake Chipican with his father. From there he went on to play Jr. 'C' hockey in Mooretown, then to the OHL and finally to the professional ranks as a member of both the Toronto and Calgary NHL organizations.

"Keep your feet to the ground but reach for the stars,” Perry said. “Dream big, dreams come true.”

Perry was introduced by Tara Sloan, the Juno-nominated singer and TV personality, who showed up clad in a Sarnia Legionnaires jersey.

The rock vocalist told students the city has a rich sports history that includes 65 years of Jr. 'B' hockey.






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